Cooling

Does More Wall Insulation Reduce Cooling Cost?

by Erik North on June 10, 2013

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      Hey, hey…It’s warm enough so that I can get back to publishing those air conditioning articles from last summer’s backlog. Does More Wall Insulation Reducing Cooling Costs? A little but way less than you think. That’s the short answer. The long answer will take…a bit longer. Adding insulation reduces heat flow. That’s […]

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Why Do Air Conditioners Drain Water?

by Erik North on September 26, 2012

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    On a hot, humid day, air conditioners are awesome. They’re awesome most other days as well but on hot, humid days especially so. As an energy auditor, even on particularly sweltering days, it feels a wee hypocritical having an electricity hog AC cranking away. But it sure is nice. Air Conditioners Help How? […]

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Natural Cooling – Like Trellis for Shade

by Erik North on September 4, 2012

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  The title may not make much sense but I just saw ‘Like Water For Chocolate’. When we first were house shopping, I looked for a place with a good south solar facing. I had thoughts of a PV system tied in with a mini ductless split heating/cooling system and heat pump down the road. […]

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Natural Cooling – Awnings and Eaves

by Erik North on August 31, 2012

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  Hah! I haven’t dropped of the planet. Wrapping up the natural cooling series, I’m covering awning and eaves. Granted, they’re radically different in utility as one can be added easily (awnings) and the other can be added even more easily by calling a contractor and dropping a couple grand (eaves). Seriously, I thought I’d […]

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Get Natural Cooling with Shade Trees

by Erik North on August 20, 2012

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  Anyone else want to crack a Monty Python shrubbery joke first thing? No? Just me then. Oh, well anyway … My company, Free Energy Maine, has a motto: “The best bill is one you don’t have to pay.” We were thinking about heating and oil bills when we coined it, but it’s just as […]

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  Yeah, this is what happens when your writing begins to back log. At least future summers will be able to enjoy this post. In any case, I’m pushing for a September-October heat wave. I’ve written in-depth articles about each of these snippits before. I figure it’s about time we had cursory, tossed-off versions collected […]

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  There’s a great Patton Oswalt bit where he contemplates meeting George Lucas in 1996 (gotta love the oblique intros). After slobbering over the original trilogy and just about suffering an aneurysm over a possible new trilogy, his enthusiasm tapers down dramatically. He finds out what the new movies will be about, namely all the […]

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Expensive and Ugly? Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioning

    You don’t even know what I’m talking about yet but right, up front, I’m joking. Customers may wonder if there is an air conditioner which is as expensive to install as a central air system, but still uses the same big clunky boxes as window ACs like some air conditioning Reese’s Peanut Butter […]

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Even Polar Bears Get The Air Conditioning Blues

by Erik North on May 23, 2012

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  You’ve seen the videos…at least if you live in the north. They’re called Polar Bear Clubs and they take an annual dunk into freezing winter water called the Polar Bear Plunge. All you need to join is thick skin and maybe drink a quart of Kraken Rum. But no matter how thick your skin […]

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How Does Air Conditioning Work?

by Erik North on May 12, 2012

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  It’s time to turn to cooling thoughts, even though Maine didn’t actually get a winter this year. It’s true; we had an extremely long fall. Then sometime around 2 AM on January 17th, we had winter, then moved right on to spring. And moving on to spring means pulling down the insulating plastic films […]

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